This Day in Dayton, 7 August
In the midst of the Civil War recruitment activities in 1862, political considerations demanded attention. As the time approached to prepare for the October elections, the call was heard to run a nonpartisan ticket. The Republicans of Sheffield township met at Dayton on August 7 and prepared a preamble and resolution calling for a local union ticket in the impending elections. John M. Bayless, Esq., chaired the meeting, and P. D. Paige served as secretary. Preparing the preamble and resolution were P. D. Paige, Dr. D. H. Crouse, and D. H. Gregory. The resolution was published in the Courier on August 9, 1862 alongside the report of the Union Central Committee setting up a union party for the county.